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craft & code

More than just coding!

Project-based learning while coding real gadgets to prepare your kids for a tech future.

1 box every month

Ages 8-12

CODING

is a key skill for any career in the future.

65%

of children now entering primary school will hold jobs that don’t yet exist

(World Economic Forum)

annual demand increase for tech related professions

24%

(the US Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Coding is more and more not just a job, but a required basic skill, similar to literacy in the 20th century. No matter what profession your child chooses – coding will be important.

HOW IT WORKS

FOR KIDS

 

1 min Get the box
1 min Download the code
20-30 mins Assemble the gadget with electronics and decorate it.
20-40 mins Complete the coding projects and fun challenges from the guide
Тhe fun lasts until next month’s box Create your own code, сhange it, improve it, and play with it!
Till the next box comes Do extra tasks (DIY tasks, add-on projects)

FOR PARENTS

 

3 min Go to the website and decide which subscription is best
1 min Purchase the subscription
3-10 days Delivery time (depends on your location)
15 mins Help your kid connect the gadget to a computer and download the code (just for the first time). Attention! You don’t need to be a tech expert to help your kid.
Тhe fun lasts until next month’s kit Do whatever you want – drink coffee, have some me time etc. Kids usually handle the kit without adult supervision. 

SPECIAL OFFER

GET 2 HOURS OF ONLINE LIVE TEACHING EVERY MONTH

Your kid can have 2 hours of live online support on how to code and assemble the kit every month for just $5:
- You book a Zoom meeting
- We deliver a 1-hour online class after you get the box and a 1-hour online class a week later to check your success and give more pointers!

WHAT YOU GET

1 Craft&Code box is equal to 4 different subscriptions:

1

BOX

=

1 tinker box

+

1 online coding lesson

+

1 robotics class

+

1 art&design workshop

Get 1 box instead of 4 or more! Save space at home as well as your child’s time (You’ll also save your money and even the planet from extra waste)

Watch this video!

BBC micro:bit is a ready-to-use micro computer that can be used to make all kinds of creations from robots to wearable technology. From beginner to confident user and beyond. Comes in the first kit.

⭐ 20 million children around the world learn with micro:bit

⭐ 4.5 million micro:bit devices are used in schools in over 60 countries

⭐ Quick coding activities and longer problem-solving projects

⭐ More than 130,000 projects can be made with micro:bit

⭐ 5+ languages: Makecode, Scratch, Python, Java, C++ and mobile apps

⭐ 20 million children around the world learn with micro:bit

⭐ 4.5 million micro:bit devices are used in schools in over 60 countries

⭐ Quick coding activities and longer problem-solving projects

⭐ More than 130,000 projects can be made with micro:bit

⭐ 5+ languages: Makecode, Scratch, Python, Java, C++ and mobile apps

How it works

1. Subscribe

Choose a month-to-month, semiannual or annual subscription – you can cancel anytime

2. Start craft&coding

Everything you need is delivered right to your door

 

3. Create and program

Bring to life your own crazy fun gadgets that really work!

 

ATTENTION GROWNUPS!

You don’t need to be a tech expert to help your kid

Read our guide for parents “How to support and encourage your child”

Check out the kits

ALIEN PET

  • Build your own alien pet that will tell you how to take care of it and reacts to your actions
  • Learn the concept of an algorithm and the basics of programming

MOOD BADGE

  • Build your personal badge that shows your name and current mood reflected in unique animation and light patterns
  • Learn about electronic signals and control digital outputs to change LED colors

TEAM SPORTS

  • Build your own playing field that shows the game score, lights up and plays music every time a goal is scored
  • Learn about IF-ELSE statements to add complexity to your program structure

CONFETTI CANNON

  • Build your own cannon that shoots ball or confetti by pressing a button or reacting to a timer or change of light
  • Learn the concept of variables and data types

GLOW GLOVE

  • Build your own glowing hand that changes the light color and intensity depending on its position on your body
  • Learn how to import libraries so you can connect to other external devices

ROBOCAR

  • Build your own car that can drive itself safely by avoiding obstacles on its way
  • Learn about sensors. Write your own functions to lead the car along the path
Comes in the first kit
Coding in the kits is based on the BBC micro:bit – the microcomputer is explicitly designed for educational needs and is used by over 20 million children and in more than 100,000 schools

OYSTER CRAFT&CODE KITS

FREE U.S. SHIPPING!

$49.95/month

from $35.55 / month

renew automatically, cancel anytime

– OR –

non-recurring payment

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FAQ

How long will my kids be busy with the kit?

Normally it takes 2-3 hours when you get the kit. Then there are challenging tasks that your child can do until the new kit arrives.

Do I need to be heavily involved?

No, you just need to help them from time to time. For instance, when they connect the kit to the computer or download the code. You also don’t need to be a tech expert to help. We prepared a special parents’ guide to help you support and encourage them during their activities.

What's the best age for the kits?

All the kits are intended for kids 8 – 12 years old. Kids 8-9 years old will need some assistance from adults, while older kids will be able to complete all the tasks by themselves. We prepared the coding tasks for all ages and all skill levels.

Is it durable enough?

Yes. Your child can play with our kit the whole month and complete different challenges with new coding. When you get the next kit, you just take the micro computer from the previous one and download the new code.

Can it reduce the screen time of kids?

Yes, we see it as our goal for kids to be makers as well as users of technology. Screens are part of life now and finding ways to reduce screen time is easier said than done. However, we’ve seen that our kits can reduce screen time.

How much plastic do you use?

We use recycled cardboard everywhere we can. We have to use plastic in electronics component and some decoration stuff. The box is also reusable and we bring it into play by using the box for DIY tasks.

Where do subscriptions ship to?

Subscription kits can be shipped anywhere in the United States, including Hawaii, Alaska, and territories. Standard shipping is free in the U.S.

How does the subscription work?

The date you sign up is the date that your subscription will renew. Your kits will continue to ship every month for the duration of your subscription.

What if my kids don't like the kits?

We’re sure that they will like it! But we’ll happily give you your money back if you or your kids didn’t enjoy any of our kits. Just drop us a message at fun@oysterkit.com or Facebook within 30 days from the delivery of the kit you didn’t like. You can cancel your subscription at any time via your account. Your account is created after your first purchase.

REVIEWS

“Our box arrived just couple of days ago and my son is enjoying it so far. He is crazy about engineering, so this craft&code kit helps him get hands-on experience at home! With all the social isolation, it`s such a relief”
“My daughter had so much fun playing with her new pet that she created from the craft&code kit with her best friend. The girls managed to build the gadget from scratch all by themselves. I am impressed!”
“My kids love these boxes! Every project is unique and includes quality materials and challenging tasks. The kids spent hours creating the toy and then upgrading it and adding their own innovations”
“It was really fun working on this with my eight-year-old. I helped with some of the initial laptop connection and program download, then he pretty much wired it up himself”
“All the items in the kit look as real as anything, considering that it’s still essentially a game for children. My daughter loved it and learned a lot!”

    @ArtistLuv

          @emmy_goulet

           @melissaupstate

                         @educational_roots

           @michaeldgeer

REVIEWS

“Our box arrived just couple of days ago and my son is enjoying it so far. He is crazy about engineering, so this craft&code kit helps him get hands-on experience at home! With all the social isolation, it`s such a relief”



@ArtistLuv1

“My daughter had so much fun playing with her new pet that she created from the craft&code kit with her best friend. The girls managed to build the gadget from scratch all by themselves. I am impressed!”


@emmy_goulet

“My kids love these boxes! Every project is unique and includes quality materials and challenging tasks. The kids spent hours creating the toy and then upgrading it and adding their own innovations”


@melissaupstate

“It was really fun working on this with my eight-year-old. I helped with some of the initial laptop connection and program download, then he pretty much wired it up himself”



@educational_roots

“All the items in the kit look as real as anything, considering that it’s still essentially a game for children. My daughter loved it and learned a lot!”




@michaeldgeer

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Future Professionals

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About oyster

How do we create our kits?

We are an international team of product designers, STEM methodologists and teachers.

We believe that education can be more practical, creative and much more fun! That’s why we started Oyster – innovative kits for children that help them discover the world of STEM-driven professions through fun!